Benjamin Adams, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, CSCS is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Dr. Adams completed a B.S. in Neuroscience at the University of Rochester, DPT at Emory University, and PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at the MGH Institute. After working in an outpatient sports clinic for several years, and becoming both a Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Dr. Adams transitioned to a clinical research role with the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in Natick, MA. His current research efforts focus on identifying targeted screening and intervention strategies to mitigate musculoskeletal injuries in the military population, and Dr. Adams has a particular interest and expertise in large data analytics.

  • BS Neuroscience, University of Rochester
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Emory University
  • PhD, Rehabilitation Sciences, MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Military medicine
  • Orthopedics & post-operative care
  • Epidemiology

Areas of research expertise include orthopedics/musculoskeletal care, big data analytics and population-level analysis, and advanced statistical analysis/coding (in R). Dr. Adams is contracted through the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, with Richard Westrick, for several ongoing studies including post-operative intervention and injury mitigation/education for soldiers. Future collaboration plans include projects with other faculty at the IHP as well as independent funding to pursue large healthcare database studies. Dr. Adams is also potentially starting a collaboration with the Boston VA hospital in the near future, hoping to assess leveraging social networks to implement intervention(s) for health-seeking behavior change.

Dr. Adams has published numerous papers - some titles are highlighted below. You can view a complete listing of Dr. Adams' publications in his CV. 

Persistent Cancer-Related Fatigue After Breast Cancer Treatment Predicts Postural Sway and Postexertional Changes in Sit-to-Stand Strategy. 

Upper Extremity Superficial Vein Thromboses Presenting as Acute Neck Pain in a Young and Healthy Male: A Case Report.

A Music-Based Digital Therapeutic: Proof-of-Concept Automation of a Progressive and Individualized Rhythm-Based Walking Training Program After Stroke.

Walking duration and slope steepness determine the effect of downslope walking on the soleus H-reflex pathway.


In addition, Dr. Adams regularly presents at conferences and industry events. Please see his CV for a complete list of presentations.

U.S. Army Knee Surgeries, Post-Operative Injuries, and Discharge from Military Service: 2017-2020 at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting.

Self-Assessed Military Readiness and Presence of Pain with Movement Testing in First-Term & Career Soldiers at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting.

A Descriptive Analysis of Knee Surgeries in the U.S. Army from 2017 to 2020 at the ACSM Annual Meeting.

Science Meets Practice 14 – Firefighters and Military Tactical Operators: Keeping them in the Fight (Session SP-2305) at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting.

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